We absolutely despised (hated, abhorred, loathed – pretty much any other synonym of ‘dislike intensely’ that you can think of) the carpet in the living room (and everywhere else in the house). With all of the foot traffic and having three dogs whom actively participated in the destruction of the carpet, it was just plain nasty. We should have bought stock in the Rug Doctor because we rented one about every other month in a valiant effort to get the carpets to smell better and look presentable. We failed miserably. Every single time. After a lot of research, trips to Home Depot and Lowe’s and advice from friends and family, we finally came to a decision on what to do about our floors.
Initially, we thought about installing tile in the entire first level of our home – easy to keep clean and looks pretty darn nice. We came to the conclusion that to install the tile we wanted, it would blow our budget. Not to mention that when we go to sell this house, potential buyers might not be as thrilled with an entirely tiled home. Then we’d be faced with having to tear out the tile floors (I shudder at the thought – may you NEVER have to endure the experience of ripping out tile!) and paying to replace them again.
Our next thought was to put in hardwoods. We both love the wide planked farmhouse type floors. However, we have dogs. With long nails. Who love to run and chase each other in circles, slide into things, stop short and all out tear up the floors. We have manufactured hardwoods in the foyer, hallway and kitchen area and the dogs have destroyed them. And with that, we crossed the hardwood option off the list.
So where does that leave us? Carpet? NEVER again. Laminate? Dogs destroyed that once, who’s to say it won’t happen again. Vinyl? UGH, no. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of vinyl floors are the kitchen and bathroom floors in the townhouse I lived in when I was a kid – the kind that you see rolled up in a huge bolt at the home improvement store that gets cut by the sheet and looks, well, cheap. When Jake mentioned the vinyl floor option I was adamantly against it. I passed judgement on the poor vinyl before I even had all my facts. Lucky for me, my husband is a much better person than I am and he gave vinyl a chance. He put a few different wood samples in front of me and asked me to choose which I liked the best. After a few moments of comparing grains, color, texture, I made my selection. And about fell over when Jake told me I had just chosen a vinyl floor.
There is quite the plethora of ‘wood’ vinyl floors to choose from, and after bringing home about five different boxes of Armstrong Floating Vinyl Planks and Style Selections Luxury Vinyl Planks ( I guess putting the word luxury in front of vinyl softens the blow of ‘vinyl’), laying them all out to compare the colors and textures, we finally settled on the Style Selections Luxury Vinyl Planksin Cherry.
Here is a bit of our reasoning as to why we made the choice we did:
- The Style Selections Luxury Vinyl Planks are peel and stick and they butt up close to each other, but don’t overlap. Down the road, should one plank need to be replaced (inevitably one of the dogs, our future children, or even more likely, me, will do something to destroy one of the planks), it’s just a matter of pulling up that single plank and slapping down a new one. The other ones we looked at were also peel and stick, but were overlapping. Installing would have been easy – fixing a single plank, not so much.
- Durability played a major role in this decision. These floors are waterproof – not water resistant – waterPROOF. Having dogs who have the occasional bladder snafu, children (again, those ones in the future), and in all honesty two clumsy homeowners who are spill prone – having waterproof floors is a lifesaver. And it doesn’t hurt that these happen to have a lifetime warranty.
- So ridiculously easy to install. There will be a more thorough post about the specifics of these floors and how and where they went down in our house!
I can’t believe I was able to write this much about floors. I really am starting to get boring